The new year was celebrated both day and night

On the Town

January 07, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

MORE AND MORE people are celebrating the new year with a New Year's Day party. I observed this while making the rounds on New Year's Day, when so many people with whom I spoke had already been at or were on their way to another party.

Baltimore Arena's PR whiz, Edie Brown, and her husband, Dr. Stanley Brown, who retired from a dental practice to practice his golf, had a delightful open house filled with all kinds of interesting people. Among them were Suzanne and Bruce Hoffman -- he's head of the Maryland Stadium Authority and was bombarded with questions about Art Modell and our (it's hoped soon-to-be) NFL team; Kathy and Joel Sher -- she's with the National Aquarium, and he's an attorney with Ron Shapiro's firm; Sally Cushner, Creative Specialties; Lenny Shapiro, Diversions, a cultural tour service; Rudy Miller, WMAR-TV morning anchor and owner of Fifty Plus and Maryland Family magazines; Gail and Charles Yumkas -- he's an attorney; Marcia and David Yumkas -- he's with the Alan Elkins Co.; Shirley and Al Saval, Saval Foods; Diane Houck, attorney for a number of baseball players; David Gillece, Pinkard Realty, with Nancy Roberts, an attorney; Joan and Bill Davidson -- she's with the Rouse Co., and he teaches orthodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School; Mike and Rebecca Whipple -- he's GM of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel; Sue and Gary Oster -- he's GM of Stouffer's; Drs. Lois and Marvin Schuster; Frannie and Frank Goldstein -- he's a lobbyist; Mari Ross, from the mayor's office; and Jim and Roberta Fox -- he's with WYRE-AM and WRNR-FM.

Men of the month

After a statewide search for men of all ages, bodies and professions, 13 men were selected for the 1996 Men of Maryland calendar. The calendar is the brainchild of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel's former director of marketing and sales, George Simpson, who after six years left the hotel to open George Simpson & Associates.

The idea for a male calendar came from one of George's women friends, who remembered the success of the Men of the JFX calendar many years ago.

The free calendars are available throughout the state; call (410) 685-0808 for locations. On the back of the calendar is an envelope to send a donation to Cystic Fibrosis of Maryland, Lifesongs for AIDS Inc. or Chase-Brexton Health Services. (Be sure to check out Chris "Mr. February" Dudley, associate principal trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.)

New role

Andre Braugher, Detective Pembleton in the NBC "Homicide" series, will be playing a different kind of role the weekend of Feb. 3-4. This talented man is also a Shakespearean actor who has agreed to participate in the first annual Student Actor's Workshop, planned by Kelley Dunn, co-founder and artistic director of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and First Maryland Bancorp's Charles Custic. First Maryland is the sponsor of the festival.

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